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    By Anne Summers        Illustration: Simon Bosch The most shocking news out of the US presidential election race in the past week is not the continuing surge of Donald Trump. Rather, it is the startling news that Hillary Clinton is in trouble. All the attention to date has been on the Republican race where the underperforming establishment candidates … Read More

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    By Anne Summers     Illustration: Dionne Gain          “Reports had it,” writes the esteemed American biographer Stacy Schiff in her new book The Witches: Salem 1692 about the famous witch trials in New England in the 17th century, “that more than 700 witches flew about Massachusetts”. Sounds a bit like Canberra today. All those women flying … Read More

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    By Anne Summers      Illustration: Simon Bosch               Last Monday I sat in St Peter’s Cathedral in Adelaide among the mourners assembled for the funeral of John Bannon, a man who served as premier of South Australia for 10 years until 1992, and who deserves to be better appreciated by Australians. One of … Read More

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    By Anne Summers         Illustration: Simon Bosch Tony Abbott is no Kevin Rudd. The two former Prime Ministers have very little in common beyond both of them having been removed from the top jobs by their parties. Any comparisons beyond that are not only misguided, they are missing the point. Rudd set out to undermine and, ultimately, fell his successor, Julia Gillard, … Read More

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    by Anne Summers     Illustration: Simon Bosch It has been a big week for raising the profile of Australia’s deadly domestic violence toll with the launch of a major new prevention initiative and with Rosie Batty, the 2015 Australian of the Year and a high-profile campaigner on this issue, one of the exclusive group invited to dine with Prince … Read More

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    By Anne Summers        Illustration by Simon Bosch The email from Bill Clinton on Thursday morning said it all. Sent to the millions, including journalists such as myself who have signed up to keep abreast of his wife’s presidential campaign, it was headed: “Wow Wow Wow”. “Last night, Hillary knocked it out of the park”, the former president wrote, referring to … Read More

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    By Anne Summers     Illustration by Simon Bosch Women in power should be judged by how well they perform their jobs, It’s been quite a week for shining a spotlight on the once-fraught subject of gender in politics. In just a few days, new Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has increased the participation of women in the federal cabinet by … Read More

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    By Anne Summers    Illustration by Simon Bosch Like the dozens of Austrians who waited to greet Syrian refugees at a Vienna railway station this week, there are many Australians who have rolled out the welcome mat to desperate new arrivals to this country from Vietnam and other countries. Like the Germans who started Refugees Welcome, dubbed an ‘AirBnB for refugees’, … Read More

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    By Anne Summers      Illustration by Michael Mucci Women who want to retain their right to abortion, and the men who agree with them, should be hoping for Trump to ensure that Hillary Clinton wins in 2016 Talk about hypocrisy. Conservative Republicans in the US piled on Donald Trump for his indisputably “outrageous” (to quote Hillary Clinton) remarks about … Read More

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    By Anne Summers. Illustration by Simon Bosch. There’s a very strange thing happening in American politics and I’m not talking about Donald Trump. Rather, it is the way that so many Americans are now taking a second, and more favourable, look at their President. After seven bruising years in the job, and struggling – and for the most part  failing – to … Read More

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